The office of the Secretary of State is the official repository for records relating to profit and non-profit Ohio corporations, foreign corporations licensed to transact business in this state and a number of other business related filings. Procedures for most filings with the Secretary of State are spelled out in various chapters of the Ohio Revised Code and forms for many of the transactions are readily available. Nevertheless, more than ten percent of the documents submitted for filing in 1980 were rejected for failure to comply with Code requirements. The rejection of a document causes obvious problems for the filing party and also places a burden on the office of the Secretary of State. This article is an attempt to alleviate these problems by clarifying Ohio law and the procedure relating to the filing of articles of incorporation, corporate amendments, mergers and consolidations, statutory agents, service of summons, trade names, fictitious names, trade marks, service marks, real estate investment trusts and municipal incorporations and annexations.
Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. and John J. Biancamano,
Corporate Filings in Ohio: A Procedural Guide,
29 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol29/iss2/3